Buckner fumbles the World Series

On October 25, 1986, Boston Red Sox first baseman, Bill Buckner let a ground ball go between his legs, allowing the New York Mets to win game six of the World Series, 6-5.

The Red Sox scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning and held a 5-3 lead when the Mets were up to bat.

Met’s pinch hitter, Kevin Mitchell scored on a wild pitch thrown by Bob Stanley to tie the game while left fielder, Mookie Wilson was in the batter’s box. Wilson’s grounder to first allowed the winning run to score.

video source: Jason Mickel on YouTube

Many fans placed blame for the World Series loss on Buckner’s fumble but eventually allowed him to throw out the first pitch at opening day 2008.

The Curse of the Bambino continued for the Rex Sox after losing the championship in seven games.

The Curse of the Bambino was blamed for the Red Sox franchise’s inability to win a World Series after Babe Ruth’s contract was sold to the New York Yankees to help finance the owner’s girlfriend’s play in 1920. The curse was broken when the team won the championship in 2004.

The Chicago Cubs have recently broken a curse of their own after clinching their first National League pennant since 1945. The team has been plagued by a black cat and a foul ball, among other things. Tonight, Chicago’s north side contingent will be playing game one of the World Series and taking the next step to win the championship.

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